Whenever I set foot on a beach and smell the salty air, it feels like coming home. I can spend hours just sitting there and watching the waves hitting the shore, the clouds passing by and birds sailing the sky. I never leave without collecting some seashells. I love the sea and its inhabitants and therefore the worsening oil spill situation in the Gulf of Mexico upsets me deeply and makes me feel helpless.
If you feel the same and would like to do help somehow, please consider volunteering or donating to the “Operation Squeegee“. This Second Life Fundraiser event to benefit the National Wildlife Federation is currently being organised by Further Monday (under the name Tidal Shoreland) together with other designers, bloggers and volunteers. More information on the event and how to join is available on the website “Operation Squeegee”.
“We are looking for talented content creators, like yourself, to participate in an SL exclusive fundraising effort to support recovery efforts from the ongoing gulf oil-spill. The event will run from July 1st – 15th, and will have lots of events and publicity associated with it, as well as the vendor merchandise area dedicated to your contributions!
Merchants will be provided with 2 x 1prim vendors. A 100% charity donation vendor and a 50% charity donation vendor. You choose how much of your sales go to charity. You will be allocated a cart and 10 prims (the prim count of the cart does not go towards your total prim count) You may use the fundraiser vendors, decorations, store logo, LM giver etc up to 10 prims.
If you are unable to participate in the fundraiser but would like to make a donation, you are more than welcome to. There will be donation boxes located around the merchandise area with 100% of all funds donated going towards The National Wildlife Federation, alternatively you can pay our Treasurer directly – Tidal Shoreland (if you do please let her know via IM and/or notecard).
Funds raised through Operation Squeegee will go to The National Wildlife Federation. Funds that are donated to the federation will support the following efforts:
* Development and deployment of the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Coast Surveillance Teams, a volunteer network that is being organized to monitor the coast for wildlife impacted by the oil spill. Beyond the initial surveillance needed, this effort will then shift to long term volunteer restoration programs.
* Restoration of vulnerable nesting and breeding grounds, as well as other delicate ecosystems found throughout the Gulf Coast for water birds, sea turtles and other animals.
* Public education about the oil spill and its impacts on wildlife, including our online efforts at http://www.nwf.org/oilspill and informing the press and others about the impacts the oil spill is having on coastal communities and wildlife.
* Policy work at the national and state level to support restoration of habitat in the Gulf Coast and better protection of our waters and coastlines.”
More information on “Operation Squeegee” can be found here.